Somebody slap me!

I started listening to CSPAN Radio this morning, it’s what my alarm clock is set to wake me up with as it seems much more effective than a shrill blaring chirping repetitive tone than getting me out of bed. I normally only hear about 15-20 mins of the current before I reach out and hit the snooze/off button with extreme prejudice. For some reason this morning I couldn’t stop listening, even putting it on in the living room, and now I’m streaming it at the office. According to their website, it was a recap of the Sunday television talk shows, mostly discussing the current ads and tactics of McCain and Obama. It felt like a nice non-partisan analysis. Washington Journal is on now and it’s much less interesting because it’s a call-in show and it seems the callers that are McCain supporters all sound alike and the Obama supporters all sound alike. But there’s a clear trend towards the age (and sanity) of people listening and calling in at 7:30 in the morning, wow.

And yet, I don’t seem to be able to turn it off. I used to make fun of Justin for keeping on conservative talk radio in his car all the time, even to the point of accepting (and asking for) his Bee Gees greatest hits cd instead of the radio. He says he likes to keep an ear on the enemy, and I’m starting to understand what he means. It’s not really addictive, but it is fascinating. Since I’m working on a gov’t site, I’ll turn it off once people start getting into the office, but it’s a shame that iPhones can’t pick up radio–can the iPod Touch get radio?–as my standard music rotation would definitely fall by the wayside in favor of this stuff.

But what can I say, apparently I’m part of an exclusive group:

You get one of those programs that grip the elite intellectual minority, the people that are writing and about talking about culture, and the influence extends a lot further than the actual audience would indicate.

— Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, commenting on the popularity and influence of the show Mad Men

I’ll just ignore the fact that I’m almost a season and a half behind on my episodes. But you can’t just catch up on Mad Men, you have to prepare. I don’t mean by dressing in period clothing and having a martini handy, though that would be kinda fun for a marathon party. I mean that the pace of the show is pretty slow, so getting through one episode can feel like an ordeal to your sense of time, even though the show is great. And I already made the mistake with Doctor Who and Torchwood of trying to watch an entire season over the course of a weekend. I’m not sure I could handle that with Mad Men.

It does have me very tempted to make next Friday at the office a more Sterling Cooper kind of day, but I’m not sure I have any ties skinny enough to pull off the look. :mrgreen:

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2 Responses

  1. William Mize says:

    I’m Bill, and I’ve been a C-SPAN junkie since the Libertarian National Convention in May.
    It’s like going through the looking glass, in both a good and a bad way.
    It’s definitely a treasure that needs to continue to be funded.

    Oh, and I made the same One Season Over A Weekend mistake with “Battlestar Galactica” ‘s first season. It was like Star Trek and Joy Division and early Cure, all put in a blender and then someone hit the “Depression” and “Puree” buttons at the same time.

  2. kyle says:

    This is your “Star Trek” on “Joy Division” – I weep with delight.

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